Bobcats scrap, but fall short to Wizards |

Bobcats scrap, but fall short to Wizards

Washington Wizards 102 Final

Recap | Box Score

99 Charlotte Bobcats
Boris Diaw, PF 41 MIN | 7-11 FG | 6-10 FT | 3 REB | 10 AST | 21 PTS | +4Boris had his monthly big game, posting the double-double, with 21 points and 10 assists on efficient shooting and just 3 assists.
Tyrus Thomas, PF 35 MIN | 6-12 FG | 1-2 FT | 10 REB | 2 AST | 13 PTS | -6Tyrus and Boris split the forward duties tonight, allowing Tyrus to cover for Boris’ rebounding deficiencies. Strong rebounding, but not as disruptive defensively, with no steals or blocks tonight.
DeSagana Diop, C 17 MIN | 0-4 FG | 1-4 FT | 8 REB | 4 AST | 1 PTS | -81 point on 6 possessions used – grabbing 8 rebounds in 17 minutes is nice, but the Bobcats can’t afford offense so impotent.
Matt Carroll, SG 40 MIN | 4-13 FG | 4-5 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 13 PTS | +3With Gerald Henderson out with an injury, Matt was called on to start – and it’s a bit too much for him at this stage in his career. 13 points on 13 fga, and Nick Young lit him up for 21 on 15 attempts.
Kemba Walker, PG 43 MIN | 8-18 FG | 2-4 FT | 10 REB | 11 AST | 20 PTS | +3As Steve Martin said as the game wrapped up, Kemba answered critics tonight, showing off better passing skills and court vision than he had displayed so far this season. Kemba notched a triple-double, going for 20, 11 assists, and 10 rebounds. I’m really impressed with his activeness on the glass – but even more pleased with the assists, as improved ball movement will help the offense overall.
Byron Mullens, C 31 MIN | 10-17 FG | 3-4 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 23 PTS | +53 rebounds is disappointing – and he still had some weak moments on the defensive end. But Mullens provided an offensive spark of the bench, with 23 points in 31 minutes, on solid shooting at 10-17 from the field.

Three Things We Saw

  1. The Bobcats competed throughout – they out-rebounded Washington by 10 and gave the home fans a reason to cheer, though they came up short. Having a shot to tie it at the buzzer after the recent blowouts was encouraging.
  2. Washington shot better than 52% from the floor…and even better from 3, at 54%. The Bobcats continue to give up open looks from the outside, as rotations are off and some guys get caught ball-watching.
  3. 14 turnovers for the Bobcats tonight. Not bad. Only shooting 17 of 29 on free throws in what wound up being a 3-point loss? Bad.
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